7 Jun 2012 | Blog | Supporter action
At the Caritas Australia Justice Matters camp, a three-day event in the Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria, 70 young leaders are gathering to learn about global justice and poverty, and to develop skills and tools to become advocates for change in their local communities.
In one of the workshops, they learnt about ‘Global Reality Meal’ which brings to life the inequalities in our world and challenges them to do something about it.
In this workshop, the participants are split into two or three groups – poor, middle and rich. The poor receive rice and water, the middle receive rice, water and fruit, while the rich splurge on a gourmet meal. As the participants enter the room they are given a ticket that determines which group they are in – poor, middle or rich.
“The simple exercise of a Global Reality Meal can do so much to a group of teenage overindulged youths,” said Tegan Carleton and Elizabeth Chacko from Faithful Companions of Jesus College, Benalla, Victoria. Both participants were placed into the ‘poor’ group.
“We all claimed to be able to withstand a mealtime without food, but was this really true? Seeing our fellow peers, no more important or respectable than us, get so much while we got less filled us with anger and resentment. We couldn't comprehend to think of our entire lives living in constant injustice.
“The goal should be to ‘End poverty. Promote justice. Uphold dignity’. If we aren't willing to accept this as our responsibility it is not us that will suffer, it will be the innocent.”.
Read more about Global Reality Meals and include it in your next social justice event.
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